In early 2020 (pre-pandemic) Anna contacted me to photograph her proposal to Emily in Estes Park. That story had twists and turns (click the link to read about it!) but it resulted in a connection that brought us together again in 2021.
After tossing around ideas to get married in Colorado, Anna and Emily landed on plans to celebrate in their hometown of Columbus, OH.
They chose Jorgensen Farms for their venue and as COVID vaccines increased, they were able to increase their guest list to include about 40 of their family and closest friends.
The day started sunny and warm, but with a surprisingly cool breeze for June in Ohio. Everyone marveled throughout the entire day that it was not hot or humid in the midwest that day and we were forever grateful.
Anna and Emily got ready at their home in Columbus (which they LOVE), where they were able to hang out with their beloved dogs, Catie and Lala. It also meant more time together as they did hair and makeup in the same space before separating to get dressed.
They did a first look in their backyard with their dogs, then we headed to a pedestrian bridge near downtown that featured the Columbus skyline.
Soon after we headed to Jorgensen farms to prep for the ceremony. Jorgensen Farms is one of the prettiest venues I’ve been to recently and it felt modern, organic, and a perfectly relaxed space to say “I Do”.
The ceremony was hosted in a beautiful and airy glass greenhouse. Based on Anna’s request, the florist had created a beautiful hanging arbor that framed the ceremony space with soft greenery.
Emily’s mom officiated the ceremony and planned her own surprise addition. When they arrived, 19 guests were given discs of wood with marriage advice and quotes written on them. One by one the guests stood up and read the quotes. After the ceremony, they collected the discs to make ornaments for Anna and Emily.
Emily sister and Anna’s sister also performed a rendition of “Blue Eyed Girl” during the wine box ceremony. Anna and Emily sealed their favorite bottle of wine in the wine box (which Emily made), hammering the nails in with hammers that belonged to their grandfathers.
They read vows to each other that they had jointly written, then exchanged rings. Their rings were their favorite accessories, as they had designed and made them together during a workshop in Columbus.
After the ceremony it was time for cocktails under the market lights and soft evening sun.
They retreated indoors for dinner, cake, and dancing, but the indoor/outdoor space kept luring people to mingle and move around, enjoying the beautiful evening.
We headed to the fields and pond for sunset photos and played in the beautiful light until it disappeared behind the horizon.
The rest of the evening was spent hanging out with their friends under the market lights.
Such a beautiful day!!
Wonderful vendors who made this day possible: